body heat


Definition of body heat

: heat produced in the body of a living animal by metabolic and physical activities

called also animal heat

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Especially in light of a new study that reveals your body heat could increase the amount of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, that are emitted. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "How Concerned Should You Be About Mattress Toxins?," 11 July 2019 Maybe the black clothing prevents body heat from reflecting back on the human—thus keeping the body cooler than a white outfit. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Should You Wear White or Black on Hot Days? Here's the Data," 9 July 2019 In colder weather, shivering generates body heat that gets delivered primarily to the core, sacrificing heat to the toes and fingers. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "How Much Do Hot Drinks Help on a Cold Day?," 5 Dec. 2018 Your body heat forces the cream or liquid [products] to bond with the powder. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Setting Powder Is Low-Key the Superhero of Your Makeup Collection," 18 June 2019 The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s. The Washington Post,, "52 children died in hot cars nationwide in 2018," 10 June 2019 The mittens are made using the same technology as space blankets, and the foil locks in your body heat to allow the oils to really penetrate into your skin. Glamour, "This Self-Warming Hand Mask Saves My Cuticles Between Manicures," 7 Mar. 2019 Because a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s, heatstroke strikes quickly and can kill a child when his or her temperature reaches 107 degrees. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "Despite Prevention Efforts, Hot-Car Casualties Are Rising," 11 Feb. 2019 Cows, for example, produce a lot of body heat, and could easily power their own smart, watch-size health wearables. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Here Comes ‘Smart Dust,’ the Tiny Computers That Pull Power from the Air," 8 Nov. 2018

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1861, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of body heat

: heat produced in the body of a living animal by metabolic and physical activity

called also animal heat

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